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Joseph Ellis. “Madison’s Radical Agenda.”

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Joseph Ellis. “Madison’s Radical Agenda.” American Heritage (2010): 35-36. (2)
John Ellis’ dissection of James Madison and his interaction with the Constitutional Convention serves as a glimpse of a history which highlights “the radical minority that regarded the Articles as beyond repair and wished to replace them altogether”.33 Madison was highly critical of the Articles and even proposed “both branches of the legislature be based upon population” but was rejected as the majority wished for a population-based House and a state-based Senate.34 Regardless of these defeats Madison continues to remain on of the main players in American history, highlighted with the Founding Fathers, but never quite acknowledged for his work at rebelling against the majority and pouring out his opinion of the Articles. Madison’s story stands as a jumping place for the reasoning behind some of America’s most poignant features, including the rebellion and re-writing of a nation’s history through the Constitution.

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